Men's volleyball makes history
The Briercrest College Clippers defeated the Limoilou Titans for the second time in the CCAA tournament to capture the 2011 CCAA men's volleyball bronze medal Saturday evening. The Clippers won 3-1 and made history in the process, taking home the first ever CCAA medal for Briercrest men's volleyball.
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Briercrest had another strong start in the match and came out ready to take home some hardware. They continued to pile up a sizable lead throughout the set from strong blocking and ended up taking it 25-17.
Similar to last night's semifinal, the Clippers started slow in set number two and Limoilou came out ready to battle. The Titans owned the net in the second set with their own strong blocking and they also put the Clippers in trouble with some aggressive serving. Limoilou rolled right through the set, winning it 25-15.
Briercrest refocused during the set break to come out with a well-executed effort in set three. It was another lopsided set, but this time in favour of the Clippers. They once again took charge with blocking and defense as libero Pablo Acuna contributed some great digs. Briercrest won set three 25-14.
Set number four ended up being the tightest of the match. The teams traded points early, but Briercrest built up a four point lead by the mid point of the set. From there they maintained a strong side out game and put constant pressure on the Titans. Limoilou eventually succumbed 25-17.
Scott Lesher was named Player of the Game for Briercrest. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/35924888@N08/5521493001/" title="Untitled by merrill dyck, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5133/5521493001_6d9e3fca3b.jpg" width="312" height="500" alt="" /></a>
He, along with Zac Ens were also named tournament all-stars, Lesher to the second team and Ens to the first team for his strong performance in all four matches.
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"It feels good to end the tournament on a pair of victories and to take home the bronze," said Coach Mullan. "It is a great step for our program and the tournament was another huge learning experience for us. It was disappointing to lose that semifinal yesterday but I am extremely proud of how our guys responded today to come back and win both games to win this medal."
The team will be travelling home Sunday. They would like to thank all of the Briercrest alumni, staff and students, as well as the Caronport community and other supporters who cheered them on from home or made the trip to Nationals and supported them in this great playoff run. The team cherishes the prayers and support!